The Rise of Korean Leadership

Emerging Powers and Liberal International Order

  • Authors
  • G. John Ikenberry
  • Jongryn Mo

Part of the Asia Today book series (ASIAT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction: Korea and Global Leadership

    1. G. John Ikenberry, Jongryn Mo
      Pages 1-14
  3. The Global Financial Crisis and the Rise of Korea as a Global Player

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. G. John Ikenberry, Jongryn Mo
      Pages 17-30
    3. G. John Ikenberry, Jongryn Mo
      Pages 31-49
    4. G. John Ikenberry, Jongryn Mo
      Pages 51-70
  4. Korea as a Bridge to the Developing World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. G. John Ikenberry, Jongryn Mo
      Pages 73-94
    3. G. John Ikenberry, Jongryn Mo
      Pages 95-113
  5. Korea’s Emerging Role in Global Security

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. G. John Ikenberry, Jongryn Mo
      Pages 117-144
    3. G. John Ikenberry, Jongryn Mo
      Pages 145-162
  6. Conclusion: Korea, Liberal International Order, and the Future of Global Governance

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 179-211

About this book


South Korea has emerged as a new middle power playing a significant role in a wide range of important global issue areas and supporting liberal international order with its leadership diplomacy. The growing role played by new powers like Korea calls into question the prevailing view that global governance is polarized with emerging powers challenging the liberal international order established by the United States and its European allies after World War II. As the case of Korea shows, large developing countries like the BRICS are not the only emerging powers active in global governance. Newly developed or high income developing countries like South Korea, Turkey and Mexico are also active emerging powers, taking new initiatives, setting agendas and mediating conflicts between rival groups on the global stage. Because these high income developing countries have advanced under and benefited from the liberal international order, they see a great stake in its stability and show a willingness to protect it. "Liberal internationalist" developing countries are joining the expanding list of middle powers who contribute to the maintenance of liberal international order as niche players and system supporters.


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